Apps, rather than streaming music, may be responsible for ‘peak iTunes’ – analyst

We noted at the end of last year that iTunes music downloads appeared to be on the decline for the first time, a shift that was confirmed this month. The operating assumption has so far been that music streaming services are taking over, and that a growing number of consumers are now content to simply have on-demand access to music, rather than to own it.

Asymco’s Horace Dediu, an analyst who often has interesting things to say, has suggested an alternative explanation: that we’re actually listening to less music …  Read more

Kevin Rose’s Oink app now available on the iTunes App Store

The first app to come out of Kevin Rose’s newly founded app development company Milk has hit the iTunes App Store for free. The app is called Oink and is available for both the iPhone and iPad and allows you to ‘rate and rank things around you’. The app takes a Foursquare check-in approach, but focuses on ranking a product inside of a business rather than checking into the actual business.

Oink has a social aspect to it allowing you to build “cred” as you check-in more. Your check-ins are sent out to all of your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare friends.

What’s really cool about the app is that it will help users find not only the best places in town, but the best items in the places. Oink gives you the ability to rank those items. We’re checking it out right now.  (via TechCrunch)

Check out a few screenshots after the break:
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Vocre is a free speech translator that instantly translates voice

Google’s Translate service is relatively accurate and smooth to use, but taking the time to type in what you’d like translated or even clicking the microphone button each time is a pain — especially in real-world situations. A new app that was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt, Vocre, lets you instantly translate foreign languages through voice, even when the conversation is going on. Vocre uses Nuance technology to translate speech in a three-step process.

Being in a foreign country, this app could be great for when in a coversation. As seen in the video above, it’s quick and allows the conversation to flow freely without taking the time to type words you don’t know how to spell in a search box.

The only downfall we can see to this app is the likelihood of needing an expensive data plan when travelling overseas. But for those times you do have data: useful!

Vocre is free in the iTunes App Store. Updated: As pointed out by our lovely commenters, the app comes with 10 free translations, and after users will be charged $.99 for an additional 10 and $8.99 for an additional 100.

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LinkedIn introduces updated iPhone and Android apps, releases HTML 5 mobile site

LinkedIn has announced a new HTML 5 optimized page for mobile browsers and updated iPhone and Android apps with 2-10X speed increases.

The new app is now focused around four key areas: Updates, Inbox, You, and Groups & More.

The Inbox will allow you to view your messages and invitations in one centralized location. The You area presents your profile, connections, and to share updates. Lastly, LinkedIn is now introducing their most requested feature Groups, into the app.

Interestingly, LinkedIn also announced their mobile platform is growing 400 percent year-over-year. Check it out in your mobile browser, or hit the download links below:

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